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US Studies Minor

United States Studies Minor

Affiliated faculty: Blake, Carter, Clydesdale, Fisher,Friedman, Gray, McGreevey (Coordinator), Nicolosi, Robertson, Tarter

The interdisciplinary minor in United States Studies explores the United States and its place in the world. Without losing sight of the inner workings of American society, the emphasis is on connections among Americans and other peoples.


Five course units:

one prerequisite: Introduction to US Studies or other prerequisite (see below)
one required: USA 301 Core Seminar
three electives at the 300/400 level

No more than two courses may be from the same discipline.


1 course unit

Normally, a student is admitted to the minor upon recommendation of affiliated faculty after taking either USA 101/102 Introduction to US Studies or one of the following courses (or others with approval of the coordinator):

AAS 205/HIS 179 African Americans to 1865
AAS 206/HIS 180 African Americans 1865 – Present
AAS 282/HIS 190 US Race Relations
HIS 167 US Indian-White Relations
HIS 177 20th Century US
HIS 181 American Culture
LIT 217 Issues in Multicultural Literature
LIT 272 Literature of the United States
LIT 280 Literature, Film, and the Art of American Politics
POL 230 International Relations

Required course

1 course unit

USA 301 Core Seminar on Global America

An interdisciplinary examination of American society and culture in historical and international perspective. Admission by permission of the instructor. Topics vary by instructor.


3 course units

Students select three electives from the following list (or others with approval of the coordinator).

ANT 311/WGS 381 Women and Migration
ANT 315 Ethnicity, Race, and Nation
ANT 335 Global Urbanization
HIS 370 The United States in World History
HIS 382 United States: Guilded Age Through WWII
HIS 383 United States Since 1946
HIS 386 United States Diplomacy, the American Century
HIS 460 Readings Seminar in History: Modern North America
LIT 315/WGS 320 Men and Masculinities
LIT 334/WGS 360 Literature by Latinas and Latin-American Women
LIT 375/ U.S. Literature, 1800-1900
LIT 376/ U.S. Literature since 1900
POL 330 American Foreign Policy
POL 333 America and Vietnam
POL 365/HIS366 Origins of the U.S. Constitution
SOC 375 Religion and American Culture
SOC 380 Education and American Culture
WGS 302/HIS 385 Women in the US to 1900
WGS 303/HIS 384 Women in 20th Century
WGS361/ HIS 365/ AAS 376 African American Women’s History

Honors Thesis Seminar

2 course units

In addition to the five course units, minors may be invited to complete a two-semester honors thesis seminar under supervision of a participating faculty member.

USA393 Honors Thesis Seminar I
USA394 Honors Thesis Seminar II